Idol Headlines for 06/06/11 – The Evening Edition

Wondering what David Cook’s upcoming album, This Loud Morning sounds like? Jim Cantiello got a first listen. Read tweets from @jambajim HERE.

Aw. Kris Allen attended the retirement party for his Kindergarten teacher. The Season 8 winner made a special trip to Tolleson Elementary school to speak at the school principal’s retirement party. He recalled what a wonderful teacher Ms. Diane Ashenberger was and how he and his brother Daniel, adored her. See the photo HERE.

Images: Haley Reinhart Visits Wheeling Village Board

American Idol contestant Haley Reinhart visits a Village of Wheeling Board Meeting on Monday, June 6.

See the Photos at Daily Herald

Nikki Reed & Paul McDonald Are “In It For the Long Haul,” Says Pal Alexa Vega

The newly affianced couple seem unaffected by the short duration of their relationship and “know” they are right for each other. And so do their pals! Actress Alexa Vega opened up to OK! about the duo’s instant chemistry.

Alexa shared that the relationship between the Twilight goddess and American Idol alum is “fantastic.”

“They are perfect for each other,” she told OK! on the red carpet. “If I was to say anything, they are in it for the long haul.”

While OK! was interviewing Alexa, Nikki ran up to giver her pal a smooch.

Alexa joked, “Our boys are boyfriend and girlfriend,” and Nikki agreed, “They are! They are boyfriend and girlfriend.”

Read more at OK

Nikki Reed’s Engagement Ring: All the Details!

“This is a modern version of a platinum and diamond eternity ring that could also work as a stunning wedding band,” says O’Connor. “It features full diamonds surrounded by intertwining platinum, and is a great symbol of two people bonding together for a lifetime. Estimated price tag: $30,000.

Read more at US

Idoloonies: Lauren Alaina on Defending Haley, Making Sense of Randy, and Being ‘The One’

If you got tired of hearing Randy Jackson tell American Idol contestants they were “in it to win it” this season, you weren’t alone. In a funny and freewheeling Idoloonies interview, Season 10 runner-up Lauren Alaina explains why she and her fellow finalists dreaded hearing those words from the Dawg, and further scratches her head about Randy’s season-long commentary about her return to being the girl the judges fell in love with at the Nashville auditions.

Read more at TV Line

CARRIE HITS DOWN UNDER(WOOD)

US singer and former American Idol starlet Carrie Underwood will arrive in Australia for her promotional tour this Friday.
And it would appear that her record company Sony is pulling out all the stops to make sure everyone knows she’s in town, with TV performances confirmed for both Sunrise and Dancing With The Stars, as well as appearances on Today Tonight and The Circle.

Carrie will also take time out of the busy promotional schedule to perform at an exclusive industry and media showcase in Sydney.

Read more at Auspop

Nikki Reed and Paul McDonald: Inside Their Whirlwind Romance

Just a few months ago, Nikki Reed and Paul McDonald were strangers.

Now the couple, who met in March at the premiere of Red Riding Hood, are engaged and looking for a home together.

“I’ve never met anyone like him,” the Twilight actress, 23, told PEOPLE in May of the American Idol contestant, 26. “I’ve never met anyone who has such a good solid heart and comes from such a good solid family and is just a genuine person.”

Read more at People

‘Twilight’ Star Nikki Reed Is Engaged: Commence Cullen Wedding Preparations!

Nikki’s role as Rosalie—the most beautiful of the uber-attractive Cullen clan—assures us that she’ll be a beautiful bride. But what about the rest of the wedding planning? Nikki gushed on the MTV Movie Awards red carpet about the beautiful wedding scene in “Breaking Dawn,” which got us wondering: How could she put the Cullen powers to use in planning her big day? We’ve got tasks for our most gifted undead favorites after the jump.

Read more at MTV

Winnie Mandela on biopic: I wasn’t consulted

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela still isn’t supporting a film about her life starring Jennifer Hudson, but she tells CNN that it has nothing to do with the Oscar winning actress.

“I have absolutely nothing against Jennifer, but I have everything against the movie itself,” she told CNN’s Nadia Bilchik.

The film, titled “Winnie,” has sparked controversy not only because an American was cast in the role rather than a South African actor, but also because Mandela sought to impede the film’s production.

Read more at CNN

‘The Glee Project’: Matthew Morrison changes his tune

“I’m just not a reality-show kind of guy,” Morrison tells Zap2it, “and I thought it was kind of cheap that they would go about doing it that way, because ['Glee'] is so great. I’ve always trusted [executive producer] Ryan Murphy, though, and he explained to me what it was and what they were trying to create.

“I think they really found some good talent, and it’s a much more personal experience going through something like that than just having auditions and meeting someone for two minutes. You really can get into people’s lives and where they come from. I’m interested to see it.”

Read more at Zap2it

‘Glee’: The Show’s Stars on Their Favorite Season 2 Songs

It’s been a week since New Directions failed to make the cut at Nationals during Glee’s Season 2 finale. And there’s still two weeks to go before the June 12 premiere of Oxygen’s The Glee Project helps you get through the long summer months until Glee’s third season begins in the fall. To feed your Glee fix, The Hollywood Reporter checked in with a few of the cast members to see what their favorite musical highlights were for the recently concluded season.

Chris Colfer: “ ‘As If We Never Said Goodbye,’ was my favorite solo I’ve done and it was my idea,” he said of the song from Sunset Boulevard that was featured during the “Born This Way” episode. “I asked Ryan to let me do it because I think the words are perfect for [Kurt returning to McKinley High] and I love Sunset Boulevard when Norma Desmond returns to the studio. Something about it is perfect and he agreed.”

Read more at Hollywood Reporter

  • halo9125

    I will freely admit- when Lauren was on Idol, she gave off the impression of being a dumb bunny. She is incredibly articulate, witty, and clearly very clever. Loved loved the interview.

  • Tess

    And another Southern Belle disproves the theory that they are all dumber than a stump. I was totally impressed with Slezak’s interview of Lauren. That girl is wise beyond her years, amazingly articulate, funny as all get-out, spontaneous, insightful, and the list could just go on and on. I even got the impression that Michael was slightly taken back and brought up short and was second guessing some of his own during the season comments.

    After listening to that I have no doubt that Lauren is nobody’s puppet, that she will go far in the entertainment field, and that she is one strong steel magnolia!

  • Nina1

    Slezak reveals yet another dimension to Lauren Alaina! Funny, smart girl . That was a masterful interview!

  • Pam

    Lauren almost had me rolling in the floor during certain parts of the interview. She’s got a killer sense of humor. I loved her take on “in it to win it”. She’s certainly no dummy that’s for sure. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for her.

  • alison8701

    What a great interview with Lauren. She came off so cute, funny, smart, and self-aware.

    And very pretty too!

  • songsungblue

    Eh on Lauren. She has a pretty voice, but she’s not an unusual 16 year old girl, and she’s not very interesting, IMO. And she’s not insightful enough to realize that putting Bible verses on her public school campus might be a problem – LOL. Oh yeah, hon. Haven’t forgotten that.

    She doesn’t charm me, but I’m happy she’s pleasing other people. To me, she’s annoying.

  • eyin

    Lauren almost had me rolling in the floor during certain parts of the interview. She’s got a killer sense of humor. I loved her take on “in it to win it”.

    That got me too. She seems so relaxed in this interview. Very entertaining.

  • desiree_chick

    I must say, I was shocked as hell about Lauren’s self-awareness, I did not expect that kind of interview at all. I came away from that interview with a whole lot more respect for her.

    As for David Cook, based on Jim C’s tweets, and the fact that he and I share the same “meh” feeling over Cook’s first single….I’m interested to hear how the album really turned out.

  • CindyM

    Slezak is so OTT during the season for his favorites, but he is the best Idol interviewer there is.

  • lili_anne7

    I’m glad people are finally realizing that Lauren is not some dumb, immature girl. I followed many of her interviews right after the finale, and I knew she was smart and funny. I’m not worried about her, she will go far with that personality of hers.

  • desiree_chick

    And she’s not insightful enough to realize that putting Bible verses on her public school campus might be a problem

    Where did ya hear that? Curious to know more, that’s news to me. Hmmmm…..

  • songsungblue

    http://www.wdef.com/blog/from_the_archives_the_first_time_we_met_lauren_alaina/05/2011

    there you go – there’s a lot more on it, though.

    BTW, I don’t think she’s stupid in the least. I just find her cloying. Mileage will of course vary on that. ;)

  • Tess

    And she’s not insightful enough to realize that putting Bible verses on her public school campus might be a problem – LOL.

    Good Lord…she was fourteen and a child with a strong belief system and without the guile of awareness that many adults are intolerant of other belief systems that don’t match their own. At 14 if you are as cynical as some adults obviously think you should be that kind of puts a real damper on the oblivious innocence of childhood that so many of us hold dear.

  • Incipit

    based on Jim C’s tweets, and the fact that he and I share the same “meh” feeling over Cook’s first single….I’m interested to hear how the album really turned out.

    Hah! I wouldn’t be looking for news from Cantiello, desiree_chick. Sounds as if he has parameters on his ‘news’ that isn’t really news at all. Ask Shirley Halperin, maybe. Except, she won’t tell.

    If anyone had any reason to think he gave a sh!t – we could have easily told him all the ‘news’ he thinks he’s telling us. Except, we can tell “Take Me As I Am” from “Time Marches On.” and a few of us have heard them performed live, so now quite a few of us have heard them. And “Paper Heart”, for over a year.

    We could ask him what he thought of the orchestral arrangements from Germany and Hungary, the piano driven “Goodbye to the Girl” from DNA that we all want to hear, the theramin and the zither, all sorts of collected details – but we’ve never had any reason to think Cantiello wanted to know what we knew, or gave a damn about TLM enough to retain any details.

    So what now, he finally got another interview, and needed something to talk about that wasn’t rubber chicken worthy? Hope he took notes, and hope he enjoyed it.

  • tomk

    Slezak is a genius interviewer.

  • argie

    Forget any campaign out there to make Slezak an Idol on judge (if there even is any sort of campaign for that… LOL). Someone needs to rally something to get him to be the chief video editor at AI ‘cuz he really knows how to highlight the best parts of these contestants.

  • phil25

    Lauren’s interview was great. She’s a charmer.
    I remember back when EW visited the Idol’s, Dalton Ross said that he was rooting for Lauren on a personal level because she came across so well during the short time he met her.

  • desiree_chick

    Good Lord…she was fourteen and a child with a strong belief system and without the guile of awareness that many adults are intolerant of other belief systems that don’t match their own. At 14 if you are as cynical as some adults obviously think you should be that kind of puts a real damper on the oblivious innocence of childhood that so many of us hold dear.

    Heh, true…. Anyway, Haley and Scotty will get their own divisive comments once their interviews is up, so I don’t feel too bad for Lauren.

    Slezak is a genius interviewer.

    Agreed, don’t care what people say about him, to get insightful feedback from people who spent their time performing 11/2 minute of a song for how many weeks on a reality show, really says a lot of his interviewing skills. I mean, other interviews have been boring, because what is there to talk about with people who barely done anything in the industry yet. But he really knows how to get the most out of anybody. (And make anybody look good….most of the time)

    @Incipit, interesting what you say about Jim C, as I was just curious as to how a two year project still turned out a half ass song from Cook(IMO). Jim kinda shared my feeling about Cook’s song, and then says the album is good, but it didn’t occur to me Cook performed those songs to the public before to get a feel of what the album sounds like. I feel more than ever to use my own discretion when it comes to projects from Idolettes, but it’d why I never take what a critic says about a movie or music album, ’cause chances are I will feel the opposite. Personally, I just want to finally like what Cook has put out post-Idol, since he was great on the show, but somewhat average for me since winning…

  • steph6449

    Some more scans from People Country with Danny and others in promo for the Taylor Swift tour

    table of contents page featured photo

    first page (same photo here that mj posted over the weekend, but with the text this time to go with it “Hot, Talented and Hand-picked” aww)

    p. 1 of two-page spread with the openers, no Danny in this but has a text box with Taylor explaining how she chose her openers

    last page, with nice center box pic of Danny

  • tomk

    I loved the last part of the interview:
    Lauren asks Slezak if he can name all of the winners.
    While listing the winners, he says “Lee DeWyze…well, Crystal Bowersox, really”
    After he says “Scotty McCreery”, Lauren snaps right back with “You didn’t say Lauren Alaina really”.

  • sr4mjc

    Loved Lauren’s interview. Very cute.

  • Sassycatz

    @Incipit, interesting what you say about Jim C, as I was just curious as to how a two year project still turned out a half ass song from Cook(IMO).

    It wasn’t two years and he didn’t spend “two years” writing one song.

  • desiree_chick

    http://www.wdef.com/blog/from_the_archives_the_first_time_we_met_lauren_alaina/05/2011

    there you go – there’s a lot more on it, though.

    Interesting read…Thanks.

  • desiree_chick

    It wasn’t two years and he didn’t spend “two years” writing one song.

    I didn’t mean that he spent those years on one song. Sorry, should have phrased it better. I meant, after all the effort he spent, I just maybe thought other songs of better quality may have been a better release, since he has spent so much time on this record. I just simple don’t like the song he has out, and your first single is like first impressions. I shouldn’t judge an album by the debut single, but the first single can be an indicator of the sound of the album. If I don’t like the song, it may effect your interests of the album. That’s just me, though, and I should have clarified what I said.

    By the way, you should be surprised at how much time some music artists spend on one song, LOL

  • Ratna12

    Aww, Kris Allen surprising his kindergarten teacher. So sweet.
    And for anybody who missed it the first time, she was interviewed on 2009 while Kris was on Idol.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dy1SlYjaydg&feature=youtube_gdata_player

  • Sassycatz

    I didn’t mean that he spent those years on one song. Sorry, should have phrased it better. I meant, after all the effort he spent, I just maybe thought other songs of better quality may have been a better release, since he has spent so much time on this record.

    A single is chosen for lots of reasons, and I’ll leave it at that.

    But I must ask, if you liked David on Idol, did you try and see him on his tour? I mean *his* tour, not Idol’s tour? He is pretty good, so I’m surprised that you say you have found nothing to like about him since.

  • J9BT

    Ratna12 says:

    06/06/2011 at 9:20 pm

    Aww, Kris Allen surprising his kindergarten teacher. So sweet.
    And for anybody who missed it the first time, she was interviewed on 2009 while Kris was on Idol.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dy1SlYjaydg&feature=youtube_gdata_player

    I still find it incredible that Kris remembers his Kindergarten teacher. I think I can remember a total of 4 teachers from my entire schooling, and they were all from HS!

  • songsungblue

    And she’s not insightful enough to realize that putting Bible verses on her public school campus might be a problem – LOL.

    Good Lord…she was fourteen and a child with a strong belief system and without the guile of awareness that many adults are intolerant of other belief systems that don’t match their own. At 14 if you are as cynical as some adults obviously think you should be that kind of puts a real damper on the oblivious innocence of childhood that so many of us hold dear.

    Whoa. I think we can agree to disagree here without implying that I’ve put a damper on childhood innocence in general, LOL. I do think a fourteen year old would know a tiny little bit about separation between church and state, but that isn’t really the point. The point is that I find this kind of thing very disturbing, and I’m pointing out that it disturbs ME. I’m not expecting 100% compliance :)

  • Eileen99

    Eh on Lauren. She has a pretty voice, but she’s not an unusual 16 year old girl, and she’s not very interesting, IMO. And she’s not insightful enough to realize that putting Bible verses on her public school campus might be a problem – LOL. Oh yeah, hon. Haven’t forgotten that.

    I think anyone who is that upset about something a singer did when she was fourteen should just not buy her music. She’s not running for public office, I don’t see the need to bring up every perceived skeleton in her closet, especially things she may have done before she was even old enough for a driver’s permit. What’s the point? LOL. Lauren seems like an adorable young woman with a bright future in front of her. I don’t expect perfection from her, but I am looking forward to great country pop from her, and that’s really about it, along with wishing her well.

  • songsungblue

    I think anyone who is that upset about something a singer did when she was fourteen should just not buy her music.

    Just to clarify: I’m not upset about what she did when she was fourteen, although I honestly don’t feel she would do anything differently now. It’s that I don’t like all the religious fervor that is creeping into AI – more every year. I can point out dozens of examples. Once again, I don’t like it. I think that Slezak gave her a sweetheart of an edit, but again – don’t find her adorable. I also don’t like pet snakes, but I don’t want them outlawed. Heh. Carry on, Lauren Lovers! ;)

  • Tess

    The point is that I find this kind of thing very disturbing, and I’m pointing out that it disturbs ME. I’m not expecting 100% compliance

    And my point is that I adore the fact that most 14 year olds are still innocent enough to take pride in their personal belief structure without having to worry about being PC everytime they take a breath. I admire Lauren for sticking up for a cause she believed in even though her belief structure is different than mine. And that, too, is a personal opinion.

  • ri

    i’m having trouble forgiving Slezak for never interviewing Casey James. i know it’s tricky sometimes to interview the contestant who comes in third in a timely manner but i’m quite sure the Haley fans will get their interview. he never much cared for Casey but that shouldn’t make a difference. the CaseyJ fans are still waiting a year later.

  • sma11ie

    Just watched the 3 part Lauren interview with a smile on my face. I love Slezak, and I love Lauren. She’s just adorable, and happens to be my favorite voice this season (by the end, Haley had racked up so many awesome and risky performances, I really had to give it to her for “winning” the season, but in terms of pure voice, I loved Lauren the most). Good answers to all of Slezak’s questions.

    So what now, he finally got another interview, and needed something to talk about that wasn’t rubber chicken worthy? Hope he took notes, and hope he enjoyed it.

    Aw, I love David Cook (duh), but I also always loved Jim. It doesn’t bother me that David isn’t his favorite, or that his style of music isn’t his favorite. I just don’t happen to think Jim hates David or is unfair to him in anyway, rubber chicken bygones or not. Of course these guys who got advance listens aren’t supposed to say too much about the album yet. I was happy he shared that TMO and Goodbye to the Girl jumped out at him, and described the childrens’ choir a little. As for mixing up TMO and TMAIA, I heard TMO and TMAIA back to back at the Concert for Hope, and while I dig them both (kinda obsessed with TMO in fact), even I have to admit they can seem a little similar if you’ve only heard them once or twice. And we all know song names get jumbled sometimes and has nothing to do with caring or not. I’ve heard fans mix up This Loud Morning and The Last Goodbye when referring to one or the other.

  • desiree_chick

    But I must ask, if you liked David on Idol, did you try and see him on his tour? I mean *his* tour, not Idol’s tour? He is pretty good, so I’m surprised that you say you have found nothing to like about him since.

    Because I’m broke and still have to pay for school? LOL. I’m sorry, but it is simple just me who just doesn’t find a lot of what Cook has done since Idol all that great. But I’m willing to give the new album a try. It is very nice that David has such dedicated fans such as yourself that will support him no matter what and defend him no matter what. :)

  • Lucy1234

    I thoroughly enjoyed Slezak’s interview with Lauren. She really has a sparkly personality and genuinely seems sweet. I got so tired of the party line here that Lauren wasn’t ready and should wait a couple of years. Seems like it was said once and then everyone kept repeating it. I think her interview should put that to rest. She’s as ready as any 16 year old would be and probably just as ready as Scotty. I wish her much success in her music career.

    As to Taylor and her Men. Nice spread in Country People and nice pics of Danny.

  • songsungblue

    And my point is that I adore the fact that most 14 year olds are still innocent enough to take pride in their personal belief structure without having to worry about being PC everytime they take a breath.

    I’m not trying to sway anyone who thinks Lauren is the most squeedorable thing since the Care Bears hit the market. But it isn’t about being PC. She was on camera defending a position that is eminently not defensible – there IS separation of church and state. Fact. I was one of two or three Jewish kids at my school, and this sort of thing went on A LOT. I’m not asking her to be PC, but she puts a bad taste in my mouth, as does Scotty kissing his cross. Mostly though, she’s dull IMO – a far greater crime ;) Now I’m bowing out because I don’t want to beat this point into the ground. Nough said!

  • http://twitter.com/cara_lee pj

    Never thought Lauren was dumb. In fact, I think she’s pretty smart. I appreciate her telling some specifics about the process. I don’t think she’s adorable, though. I think she’s polished beyond her years.

    Allison Iraheta acted more like a normal teen girl. Even Jordin Sparks seemed more like a teen girl. Lauren looks and acts about 25. LOL.

    ETA: Oh, and as I didn’t watch auditions or Hollywood, I didn’t know about her icky flirting with Steven. She ruffled his hair and gyrated in front of him? Just gross and inappropriate.

    Slezak is a good interviewer.

  • JayBro

    Lauren was witty and clever in that interview. I thought she seemed like a smart teenager in a dream situation. The more of her I see, the more I like.

  • JOJOSIE

    I do think Lauren looks old for her age, but she acts like my girls did at that age. I really like her personality more than Allison’s and Jordan’s. Allison was just a little too rough around the edges for me and Jordin a little too controlled IMO. Lauren was funny and animated and very open. Fun interview.

  • tomk

    Haley looks really young in those pictures. (yeah, I know – she *IS* young!)

  • abbysee

    It’s that I don’t like all the religious fervor that is creeping into AI

    The thing is if you don’t read the blogs or the articles you wouldn’t know about most of the religious fervor. So really it’s not AI so much that it’s creeping into, because just from watching the show, I don’t know much about these people. It’s only when I read the articles compiled mostly here that I know anything. FWIW, I always lol when I think about Scotty kissing the cross. I took it as a joke.

  • randomjoe

    Haley looks really young in those pictures. (yeah, I know – she *IS* young!)

    Oh, but the things that come out of her mouth are so “old”.
    Someone said this about a Haley quote the other day:

    Lady Gaga is “a wonderful gal”? That quote from Haley sounds not at all like Haley-speak. I would believe “hot sh*t” better. No one says “wonderful gal” any more.

    Tony Bennett might say it – about, say, Patti Page or Margaret (?) Whiting.

    Wait until the Wheeling Council minutes come out and you’ll totally believe it. (http://www.wheelingil.gov/ReferenceDesk/AgendasMinutes/BoardOfTrustees/BoardOfTrusteesMinutesAgendasOverview.asp).

    She cracked the entire room up…

  • tomk

    Oh, but the things that come out of her mouth are so “old”.
    Someone said this about a Haley quote the other day:
    Lady Gaga is “a wonderful gal”? That quote from Haley sounds not at all like Haley-speak. I would believe “hot sh*t” better. No one says “wonderful gal” any more.

    Tony Bennett might say it – about, say, Patti Page or Margaret (?) Whiting.

    I think that is a part of what makes her interesting – she is 20 years old, and you almost want her to supply you with a birth certificate to prove it.

  • http://twitter.com/cara_lee pj

    I think that is a part of what makes her interesting – she is 20 years old, and you almost want her to supply you with a birth certificate to prove it.

    I think it’s because she hung out with a lot of older hippie musicians (aka her parents) growing up. Nothing that interesting. ;-)

    I think she’s cool though. My fave this year.

  • hoosiermama

    Thanks tripp for posting a link to the KA picture (in headlines) that MJ has embedded above. I’m not on facebook and can’t see MJ’s link, but I could see yours! It was a sweet thing of Kris to do!

  • Ratna12

    That was a really good interview with Lauren. She has a quick wit about her, and really interesting to me. She answered the questions with clear specifics. ex: How she missed the key change partly because they took out the stairs, etc. It gave some insides on how these kids learned the songs.

    And I love her accent when she said about Randy’s ” In It To Win It……… Go home”.

  • springboard

    jambajim jim cantiello
    My 1st listen of #ThisLoudMorning was a success! It’s BIG. (Do I spy a kids choir?!!) Can’t wait to chat about it with @thedavidcook.
    @WordNerdHome Haha I will when I finish. I’m about halfway through. So far so good! I need a lighter for all these power-ballads!

    Big..choir… power-ballads ???

  • wordnerdarchie

    Big..choir… power-ballads ???

    Here are the live performance vids from Concert for Hope (May, 2011) of two songs mentioned by JJ in his tweets regarding This Loud Morning.

    Time Marches On

    Take Me As I Am

    I would call them power ballads.

  • tomk

    Slezak is a good interviewer.

    I wish we would hear more stuff about how song choices go. The fact that Lauren got pretty much “stuck” with a song because Haley already chose one of the songs she wanted was interesting to me. I want to hear more about that kinda stuff (tho not from the judges – I don’t want it used for sympathy reasons or to give the judges another reason to pimp someone: “You learned that song within a day and knocked it out of the park!”)

    I agree with the person who said that Slezak should edit American Idol – because he highlights the very best parts of every contestant, whether he was a supporter or not. Seriously, judging by today’s interview, you wouldn’t think that Slezak was 1,000,000% behind Haley Reinhart for a good portion of the season – he treated Lauren as if she was the best person the show had to offer.

  • springboard

    Seriously, judging by today’s interview, you wouldn’t think that Slezak was 1,000,000% behind Haley Reinhart for a good portion of the season – he treated Lauren as if she was the best person the show had to offer.

    He is usually very good but his interview of Lee last year was mean and nasty. It was a slap in the face that Lee didn’t deserve on a human level.

  • Grammie Kari

    It’s that I don’t like all the religious fervor that is creeping into AI – more every year. I can point out dozens of examples. Once again, I don’t like it.

    I totally understand what you mean. Fox presented a segment where an “expert” on television shows analyzed whether they leaned towards Liberal views or Conservative views. He discussed “Happy Days”, “The 70′s Show”, “Mary Tyler Show, etc. He said that “American Idol” was a conservative show and emphasizes competition.

    songsungblue,
    I think it goes back by who owns the station. Yes, I know the examples you speak of. I see this pattern continuing. Well, I don’t think that competition makes it conservative; however, I won’t go any further in this discussion.

    I am neutral about Lauren. She did a lot of flirting and such with Steven, but the show made an effort to change her image and it worked.

  • Kirsten

    This MSNBC article is mostly just summarizing the sales numbers we knew last week, but it does contain one nugget: SS Numbers for the debut week of “Like My Mother Does”: 121,204

  • jpfan

    Mother,” which also landed at No. 20 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart and No. 49 on the Hot Country Songs chart, has racked up sales of 121,204 units — the highest debut for a second-place Idol finalist in six years.

    Is this for all songs released by second-place finalists because it’s a pretty impressive accomplishment if it is.

  • Q3

    Mother,” which also landed at No. 20 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart and No. 49 on the Hot Country Songs chart, has racked up sales of 121,204 units — the highest debut for a second-place Idol finalist in six years.

    Is this for all songs released by second-place finalists because it’s a pretty impressive accomplishment if it is.

    I do not think this is a correct claim — 2008 “Crush” was Archie’s first single and it sold 166K in the first week and was #2 on the BB Hot 100.

    http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/search/google/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1003841406#/bbcom/search/google/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1003841406

    Since then — the #2′s are much lower but neither were released to radio or promoted like singles:

    Adam Lambert “No Boundaries” #72 — 36K on sales only — (Of course, Kris released the same song.)

    Crystal Bowersox “Up to the Mountain (MLK Song)” #57 — ??K but less than 121K.

  • Kirsten

    I do not think this is a correct claim — 2008 “Crush” was Archie’s first single and it sold 166K in the first week and was #2 on the BB Hot 100.

    We discussed this in the LA thread. Archie’s debut on the sales chart and Billboard began the week after Idol with the songs he sang during his Idol run (including the weird not-a-Coronation-single thing they did that year). His first official single was “Crush”, but the article is talking about debuts and not official singles. The qualifiers used are important.

    Clay, of course, holds the record for debuts by an Idol. He rang in an unlikely to be beaten 393K in sales. Next up for runner-ups is Bo who narrowly beat Lauren with 121,423 (just 219 more). His coronation single was the same as Carrie’s.

    Here are the other runner-ups:
    Katharine McPhee “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”: 74,965
    Diana Degarmo “Dreams”: 65,000 – Hot 100: 14
    Blake Lewis “You Give Love a Bad Name” 70,133 (his version of “This is My Now” was not released so this kind of became his defacto one)
    Crystal Bowersox “Up to the Mountain” 49K – Hot 100: 57, Download: 32
    Adam Lambert “No Boundaries”: 35,984

    Justin did not get a coronation single. Archie’s Not-A-Coronation-Single sold 49,134 while his best selling song that week was Imagine at 71,178.

  • springboard

    Mother,” which also landed at No. 20 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart and No. 49 on the Hot Country Songs chart, has racked up sales of 121,204 units — the highest debut for a second-place Idol finalist in six years.

    It is a bit of a spin because they are comparing it different types of debuts, but glossing up achievements is what promo does.

  • Sassycatz

    Because I’m broke and still have to pay for school? LOL.

    Well, I’m sorry that’s the case. He really makes those songs come alive in concert. Some that weren’t my favorites on the album have become so on account of how he actually performed them with his band. There are plenty of videos of his concerts, although that’s obviously not the same as being there.

    It is very nice that David has such dedicated fans such as yourself that will support him no matter what and defend him no matter what.

    LOL. I definitely do not do that.

  • lucy

    I got so tired of the party line here that Lauren wasn’t ready and should wait a couple of years.

    I don’t think giving a great interview to a great interviewer has much, if anything, to do with whether one is ready to be a record-a-hit-album-and-live-tour-right-now-today entertainer, frankly. I always did think that Lauren was a cute, smart kid, and she is great in the interview. (some of that is Slezak’s genius, as well, however — the guy is good, even if a lot biased from time to time!).

    Anyway, my feeling that maybe Lauren isn’t ready comes from the fact that, for me, given what a great voice she has, she still didn’t slay it in her *performances* on Idol — what she did there simply didn’t live up to her abilities, to me. Plus, she seemed pretty darned daunted by criticisms she got and the circumstances of the show.

    If she were ready, in my eyes, she would have repeatedly given performances worthy of her truly wonderful voice (one of my favorite *voices* ever, on Idol) and not kept wilting like a flower when she was in the bottom two or was criticized. So, interview aside, I’m still not at all sure that she’s ready for *this,* despite proving herself to be a smart and funny girl (something I actually never doubted). We’ll see. Given how gifted she is, I would like to see her enter the big-time industry more ready to give a slaying performance every single time. But maybe she’ll do that starting now (can’t figure out why she wouldn’t have done it on the show, though, if she actually *is* ready)

  • Kirsten

    It is a bit of a spin because they are comparing it different types of debuts, but glossing up achievements is what promo does.

    Exactly. Their not doing their job if they don’t find a way to make you look good.

    Still, those are very impressive numbers for a runner-up with a coronation single. “Crush” was a well-crafted pop song with excellent production values so it’s not entirely fair to compare either.

  • car3278sweet

    i’m having trouble forgiving Slezak for never interviewing Casey James. i know it’s tricky sometimes to interview the contestant who comes in third in a timely manner but i’m quite sure the Haley fans will get their interview. he never much cared for Casey but that shouldn’t make a difference. the CaseyJ fans are still waiting a year later.

    Meh. After what Slezak did to Lee I was rather glad CaseyJ never went there. Slezak would have introduced him as Goldilocks and given him the himbo edit.

  • car3278sweet

    If she were ready, in my eyes, she would have repeatedly given performances worthy of her truly wonderful voice (one of my favorite *voices* ever, on Idol) and not kept wilting like a flower when she was in the bottom two or was criticized. So, interview aside, I’m still not at all sure that she’s ready for *this,* despite proving herself to be a smart and funny girl (something I actually never doubted). We’ll see. Given how gifted she is, I would like to see her enter the big-time industry more ready to give a slaying performance every single time. But maybe she’ll do that starting now (can’t figure out why she wouldn’t have done it on the show, though, if she actually *is* ready)

    ITA, lucy. You could say the same thing about Scotty. Both kids are good interviews, very nice and sweet and smart. But neither lit the AI stage on fire. Ever. And both of these singles zooming up the country charts are just meh. Nothing really special. So they are being introduced to country with okay material and solid but not sterling performances.

    They are young. They will improve. Hopefully they will get better material. But the point is… they are splashing onto the stage NOW and I’m not sure this is good strategy for long term careers.

    An anecdote here might explain my point. Driving with a friend to a gathering the other night. Listening to country radio – she is a HUGE country fan, much more into it than me – so Scotty comes on. I get a bit excited ’cause this is the first time I’ve heard this station play him. Friend is not an AI watcher so she’s “okay then (shrugs shoulders)” when I explain who this is. We listen to the song (ack. that chorus). She is not impressed, doesn’t care if he’s “ten or twenty” and thinks he sounds kind of like Josh Turner but “the song is stupid.”

    Is that how an artist wants to be introduced to new fans?

  • Tess

    So, interview aside, I’m still not at all sure that she’s ready for *this,*

    I don’t think anyone is ever really ready for “this” as they enter the real world where people always take second place to the almighty dollar. If Lauren were as polished and perfect as some people seem to think she would have been given a few years she wouldn’t have appealed to nearly as many peeps I suspect (see Toscano, Pia). And I personally think that Lauren’s potential far outweighs her lack of age or maturity. I think we will all be amazed to see the changes in Lauren both physically and artistically as the months roll by. The girl has an inner strength and a personal drive that is innate and can’t be taught or learned…she will succeed because she is meant to succeed…again, mark my words.

  • katielynne

    He is usually very good but his interview of Lee last year was mean and nasty. It was a slap in the face that Lee didn’t deserve on a human level.

    He was very mean and nasty to Danny the year before, but seems as though he always give the girls good interviews.

  • http://www.kellydeanhansen.com MahlerFan

    So…let me get this straight. While the 4th place finisher is making an a$$ of himself on Twitter all day long, the 3rd place finisher, who has been criticized for not using social media enough (smart girl!) was being all classy and civic doing photo ops with kids in Wheeling? Who has better PR skills?

    Jimmy, sign her now. Do not wait. It is ridiculous that it has not happened yet. Lauren and Scotty have done their rounds and they have had their airplay. Sign. The. Growler. NOW!

  • fuzzywuzzy

    The girl has an inner strength and a personal drive that is innate and can’t be taught or learned.

    Do you know her? She may have these qualities, but you sound like you know this for a fact.

    she will succeed because she is meant to succeed…again, mark my words.

    OK. Is this like “destiny” or “fate” or something?

  • fuzzywuzzy

    So…let me get this straight. While the 4th place finisher is making an a$$ of himself on Twitter all day long, the 3rd place finisher, who has been criticized for not using social media enough (smart girl!) was being all classy and civic doing photo ops with kids in Wheeling? Who has better PR skills?

    I don’t think that there’s any contest between Haley and James as far as PR skills. Meanwhile, James has been silent on Twitter since the “Heidi intervention” last night. ;) I question some of James’ fans who are pleading with him to continue tweeting as he was doing, as I don’t think they recognize that he’s not helping himself or acting in his best interests.

  • Tess

    ^^^^

    Just stating my opinions as fact like most of the comments I read online. Nothing wrong with that, I hope.

  • spanishfan

    I wish certain people would realize that one mans meat is anothers poison. I love The Last Goodbye. How some of you manage to make Cantinello´s compliments about the cd which he needed to listen to immediately again, into a negative, I do not understand.

  • sunchick

    Eh, I wasn’t as impressed as most by Lauren in that Slezak interview. Seems like a nice kid and definitely not shy or awkward in front of the camera, so props for that, but tbh I didn’t find her to be particularly witty or charming. She is too young to know any Beatles songs, but she idolizes Marilyn Monroe? Okay. She did relay some cute behind the scenes anecdotes, though.

    In other news, does Jim Cantiello not realize tweeting about his fortunate encounter with that sooper speshul iPod is cruel and unusual taunting of his ridiculously awesome job perks? *major grabby hands* Cool that he dug it though, even if I am green with jealousy. ( BTW, I hadn’t heard that he was harsh or meh on the single. I thought MTV gave it a pretty positive review?)

    Meanwhile, James has been silent on Twitter since the “Heidi intervention” last night

    Okay, wtf did I miss? LOL

  • fuzzywuzzy

    ^^^^

    Just stating my opinions as fact like most of the comments I read online. Nothing wrong with that, I hope.

    I just misunderstood. You also have a different experience than I have with online comments, as usually, I see people use the phrases “I think” or “it seems” or “appears” in expressing their opinions, rather than a statement of fact like your post. That’s the only reason I questioned it, because it sounded like you knew Lauren. No problem. :)

  • Indigobunting

    Meh. After what Slezak did to Lee I was rather glad CaseyJ never went there. Slezak would have introduced him as Goldilocks and given him the himbo edit.

    As a Casey fan, I was happy Slezak didn’t interview him. His interview with Danny was not fun-Danny held his own and Slezak wasn’t awful. But it was awkward, since EW had been so nasty to Danny the whole season. And Slezak never smiled once- he was very cold, and while admitting “they were very hard on him all season” never apologized or made an effort to be warm. The contestants can refuse the interview, but kudos to Gokey for doing it and facing his internet bully, lol.

    Slezak is a big fanboy, plain and simple. He loves the girls (nothing wrong with that), doesn’t hide his favorites and is not impartial whatsoever. Fine. But again, Casey had enough of those Goldilocks and “Why did you take off your shirt”? questions-I’m sure Slezak would have continued in that vein.

  • ri

    Slezak is a big fanboy, plain and simple. He loves the girls (nothing wrong with that), doesn’t hide his favorites and is not impartial whatsoever. Fine. But again, Casey had enough of those Goldilocks and “Why did you take off your shirt”? questions-I’m sure Slezak would have continued in that vein.

    didn’t realize he would be that biased. not my idea of a journalist then. and obviously i am glad he stayed away from Casey.

  • fuzzywuzzy
    Meanwhile, James has been silent on Twitter since the “Heidi intervention” last night

    Okay, wtf did I miss? LOL

    James had a series of foot-in-mouth tweets last night and kept digging himself deeper (lying about earlier tweets to Adam), until Heidi suddenly tweeted from James’ account and shut hiim down. The tweets in question were deleted early this morning, but they are still posted in this thread, which tracks the entire bizarre saga:

    http://mjsbigblog.com/james-durbin-adam-lambert-make-nice-on-twitter.htm/comment-page-1#commentshttp://mjsbigblog.com/james-durbin-adam-lambert-make-nice-on-twitter.htm/comment-page-1#comments

    The most recent updates not posted in MJ’s original blog start here:

    http://mjsbigblog.com/james-durbin-adam-lambert-make-nice-on-twitter.htm/comment-page-9#comment-987965

  • sunchick

    Thx dude. Just went and read back. Lulz and wtf? doesn’t even cover it.

  • lucy

    I personally think that Lauren’s potential far outweighs her lack of age or maturity. I think we will all be amazed to see the changes in Lauren both physically and artistically as the months roll by.

    I hope that this is true! I do know that at this age some kids are just about to embark on a stage of very fast maturing. So I hope that Lauren is one of those, when it comes to being a performer.

    As I said, I like her and think she has tons of potential. And, as they say, potential is just … potential. …. And you have to wait and see.

  • fadetowhite

    It is very nice that David has such dedicated fans such as yourself that will support him no matter what and defend him no matter what

    I think it’s more that he has dedicated fans who are really into what he does and look forward to seeing what he does next.

    If I wasn’t and I didn’t, I’d move on…